THURSDAY, MAY 9th, 2013
I’m feeling a little funny this morning.
I’m having a difficult time processing where I am, and
what I am doing! It’s so overwhelming – in a good way -
it’s great and awesome, but some of my songs are pretty
difficult emotionally to sing over and over. So I got up
this morning and sat in a chair, in the sun, for about
an hour, hoping to refresh my mind and spirit so that
I can enjoy this day to the fullest!!
Enough of that crap – time to ROCK!!
10:00am Jonathan Anderson showed up to play electric
guitar. He brought 5 guitars, lap steel, pedal steel, banjo,
and a whole ton of pedals and gear that I don’t have the
first clue with what you would do. Little did I know all the
tricks he had in his bag…
Once again, here is a musician who has never met me,
has never heard any of my songs, and is going to be
creating parts for 10 songs, in 2 days. We are hoping to
track about half of the songs today.
Pretty ambitious…we’ll see…
We started with “March On”. Ryan wanted to go for a
“T-Bone Burnett” sound on this one. Jon added 2 electric
guitar tracks (with different guitars, of course), lap steel,
and a little bit of banjo – just for fun. I’m not sure if we
will use all of them in the final mix, but we’ll record
any ideas just in case – even if they seem totally whacky!
Jon on Lap Steel
Jon on Banjo
I have no words to describe his talent. I’m sitting here,
listening, unable to process what is even happening!
The music cuts right through to the deepest part of
me – intensely moving – which is exactly my goal!
It’s a difficult thing – letting someone else take
over something you have worked so hard on – to let them
put their spin on a piece of your heart. It’s hard to let go
and trust that they will create something that is “you” –
that fits with what you are trying to portray. I have
nothing to worry about here. He’s nailing it!
My mind is blown!
We worked on “No Going Back” before taking
a lunch break. Some pretty awesome stuff in this one
too – a really cool hook in the chorus.
After lunch we worked on “Not Who You Said You Were”,
“The Rainbow”, “Run Free”, and “So Long Insecurity”.
Everything he came up with was so incredible. I’m
running out of words to describe how awesome this is!
Some highlights on each of these songs:
“Not Who You Said You Were” has a great little
riff in this special part – a second part of the chorus.
It’s the climax of the song. Jon definitely added to the
50’s sound, but in a very modern way.
“The Rainbow” was already pretty powerful and intense.
Jon added some parts that built the intensity – which is
what I wanted. It’s very moving. I love it!
If you liked “Run Free” before – you will be blown
away by it now. Don’t worry – we didn’t change the
song – we just took it to a whole new level of amazing.
I can’t listen to it without an enormous, uncontrollable
smile on my face. When Jon first listened to it, we
weren’t sure where we would even go with it, because
it’s pretty full already; but he managed to come up
with something perfect.
“So Long Insecurity” has a full-on blues solo.
It is SO COOL! That was a lot of fun to watch.
He played through it a few times and it was different
By 6:30pm we had completed electric guitar tracking
for 6 songs – more than half! Yay! Jon headed home.
I am seriously dumbfounded by his ability to come up
with something incredible, for a song he’s never heard,
in a matter of minutes. Some extremely magical musical
moments today! I am so very happy with how all of the
songs are turning out.
We had dinner after Jon left; then we were supposed to
start some background vocals. At about 9, after some
discussion on songs, Ryan put a song on for me to practice
harmony, went in to put his son to bed, and never came
back. Well… he eventually came back…about an hour
later…after he woke up and realized he’d fallen asleep
and left me! I figured that’s what had happened.
We called it a night – earliest night by far. Of course I
didn’t go to sleep right away. I stayed up writing this,
and now I’m going to fall asleep working on vocal
harmony for the 7 songs I don’t have perfected.
Tomorrow Jon is coming back to finish electric guitar on
the rest of the songs, as well as organ and piano.
It was a fantastic day! Very productive, very exciting!